Cycling Stories

Thankful For the Small Stuff

November 28, 2019


Thankful For the Small Stuff

Sunlight, peeking

through cloudless skies.

Later, sunset.

Air dancing across my skin,

heart racing, greedy for oxygen.

Quads burning, calves tightening; summiting,

long draws of water.

Strapping on shoes, clicking into pedals,

the first push-off of each ride.

Tucking behind handlebars,

along open roads.

Long shadows, followed by

star-filled night skies.

Post-ride mega-salads.


Give gratitude. Shower praise.

Say “thank you.”

Kiss loved ones.

Acknowledge blessings.

This Thanksgiving, may we find contentment in the smallest details.

Happy Thanksgiving from TreadBikely!

Derek has more than two decades of experience as a cyclist, and is the founder of TreadBikely. He currently travels full-time with his family via RV, enjoying the country's best biking destinations. A secular Buddhist, Derek frequently explores the intersection of cycling, mindfulness, and compassion in his writing. #rolloutblissout
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